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We?ll get this out of the way early: Exorbitantly priced pants are usually worth it. Case in point: These Nike running tights ($110). Think of pricey leggings as an investment piece: They?re built to withstand the test of time (you are going to, and should, wash these babies a lot), and the quality material means you won?t have to hike up your pants after every single burpee.
Unless you’re running a marathon, there’s really no need to empty your wallet for a pair of shorts. Try Champion’s printed pairs ($15), available at Target. They won’t break the bank, and they’ll more than suffice on your next long run.
Not only is a poorly constructed, ill-fitting, unsupportive bra unbearably uncomfortable, turns out it?s also pretty bad for you (unless you?re into premature sagging). Do yourself a favor and opt for a pricier model from a label like Lolë, whose T-back bra ($48) is as stylish as it is supportive.
What’s underneath might cost you a pretty penny, but we’re all for saving on top. Our secret? Forever 21’s insanely affordable and surprisingly cute tanks. Namely, this one ($11), with a subtle slit down the back.
If you can splurge on only one part of your workout outfit, please, please make it your sneakers. Spend $160 now for this Adidas pair and save a hell of a lot more on medical bills for foot, knee and hip problems later.
Things we look for in a gym bag: Does it zip? Will it hold all of our superfluous crap? Is it not totally heinous-looking? Simple as that. American Apparel’s version comes in more than 20 colors and costs $24. Sold.
This one isn’t for everyone, but when it comes to wearable fitness trackers, it’s go big or go home. If you’re going to the trouble of tracking your every breath and step, you might as well get the most accurate data, as you will with the Up24 band ($130) from OG activity-tracking company Jawbone.
We see two types of women at our gym: the just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-wearing-a-tee-she-got-for-free gal, and the coiffed-to-perfection-and-rocking-a-matchy-matchy-bank-breaking-ensemble gal.
Our look: Something in between.
When it comes to fitness apparel, it’s all about balance--cutting corners on some gear (ahem, socks), while shelling out a little extra for others (’sup, sneaks).
Read on to learn where to splurge and where to scrimp when outfitting your next sweat sesh.
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